Welcome Environmental Chairpersons!Today, we will be orienting you on Environmental Sustainability Projects that you can promote as Environmental Chairpersons. We will also be presenting the many resources needed to fulfill your chairperson duties. We hope that today you leave prepared to serve as a liaison for your district and clubs with enhanced knowledge on environmental and sustainability projects.
To give you a general outline of today’s presentation, we will begin a brief overview of the following:Environmental ServicesRole of Environmental ChairpersonsFormulating Local PartnershipsInsightsReported Environmental Service ActivitiesNeeds Assessment Survey ResultsResourcesEnvironmental Photo ContestDiscussionWe will also take a few moments to answer your questions at the end of the presentation. This webcast is an important opportunity for us to hear from you so I hope that you will share your thoughts with us and ask any questions you may have. Your feedback is very important to us as we rely on this information to make further enhancements in the development of resources.
Asking QuestionsThere are two ways you can submit your questions and comments to us... You can either type your questions using the “questions” box or you can raise your hand as we open up the lines during the Q & A segment at the end of the presentation.All of you should see a control panel on your screen, which is where you will find the questions box [show] and the hand icon [show]. You will note that all of your lines are muted at this point so as we go through the presentation we ask that you use the control panel to submit your questions and comments. We will address your questions as we go, but we will also leave some time at the end to address additional questions. I should note that the webcast is being recorded and the video recording will be posted on the LCI website. We will add a link to the recording on the service activity report Web page and also send it to everyone who registered for today’s webcast.
To begin lets start with a poll question.Are you currently involved with projects or activities that are focused on environmental sustainability?(Afterwards read results and discuss findings)
The Environmental Chairpersons duties entail:Motivatingclubs to undertake hands-on environmental service projects such as community clean-ups, recycling, and tree planting throughout the yearInforming clubs about available activity planning resources, including the Lions Green Team kitEncouraging clubs to participate in the “Protecting Our Environment” global service action campaign during the month of April and/or plan activities in celebration of Earth Day (April 22) and UN Environment Day (June 5).Promoting club/district participation in the Lions Environmental Photo ContestEncouraging Lions to consider the environmental effects of their personal and club actionsSoliciting feedback on how the district can further support clubs in planning environmental service projectsKeeping the governor and the international office informed of district activitiesAward the Lions Green Team Certificate of Appreciation to individual Lions who have played a key role in organizing club or district environmental service projects
Developing local partnerships is a great way to strengthen your clubs’ impact in your communities. Here are a couple tips on how you can go about forming partnerships with environmental organizations in your region:RESEARCH Identify key environmental organizations in your regionCOMMUNICATE Contact them and introduce yourself as the Environmental Chairperson for Lions Clubs InternationalCommunicate potential opportunities for collaboration and discuss a potential partnershipCOLLABORATE Work together on future environmental projects
These data that were collected through the Lions Service Active Report provide a glimpse of what Lions have been doing for the current fiscal year. A total of 840 thousand service hours were dedicated to environmental projects by reporting clubs… Tree planting was the top environmental service activity with nearly half of the total service hours dedicated to these projects. Recycling and Clean-up projects also made up a large portion of the service hours among other common activities that you can see on this slide… Reporting clubs organized more than 30 thousand environmental service activities which accounted for over 1 million service hours. The most common activities included tree planting (43%), clean up services (21%), and recycling (14%).Tree planting (43%)Clean-up (21%)Recycling (14%)Environmental PreservationEnvironmental Education Water and sanitation Other environmental projects
The map outlines all the countries where Lions planted trees. It illustrates our global reach and the power of Lions working together all across the globe.
Memorial Forest (Dist. 36-O, USA): Oregon Lions worked with Lion Frank Lockyear to create a Vietnam Memorial Forest. This environment project, called "Say Yes to Trees,” will plant 60,000 trees to memorialize every fallen American in Vietnam. International Reforestation Cooperation (Dist. J-1, URUGUAY): The Punte del Este and Montevideo Pocitos Lions Clubs created a local Joint Commission of Agriculture to promote the planting of 50 million trees. This reforestation effort grew from the club to the district level. Lions expanded the project by working with district governors in Georgia and Florida (USA) who donated pine seeds compatible with growing conditions in Uruguay. Trees for Africa (MD 105, ENGLAND): Lions in MD 105, in concert with the Europa Forum, financed the planting of trees in Africa through twinned clubs. European Lions financed the trees, and African Lions provided progress updates and verified the planting.Student Memorial Forest (Dist. 324-C2, INDIA): The Lions Club of Snehapuri donated trees for a school planting project. Each student watered his or her own tree. Name plates affixed to the saplings identified each tree.
Which of the following Environmental Service projects has your club participated in the last 4 months? (check all that apply)Tree PlantingCommunity Clean-Up ProjectsEnvironmental Awareness ActivityRecyclingWater Sanitation Services(Read results aloud and discuss, have the ones who answered ‘other’ to share the projects that they have done)
Enhanced CommunicationQuarterly Newsletters are needed (77%) Means to share ideas and best practices with other chairpersons (61%)Communication efforts between LCI and chairpersons should be enhanced in order to engage in dialogue, exchange ideas, and share best practices (55%)Activity Planning ResourcesRelevant activity planning resources for clubs (69%) The ability to promote and increase visibility of clubs’ service to the community was identified as a need (65%)
The Lions Green Teams program supports and promotes Lions Clubs in carrying out environmental service projects.Lions Green Teams are ready to help save the planet by:•Cleaning the environment•Planting trees•Recycling•Raising Awareness
Environmental Chairpersons- appointed by district governors to guide clubs in organizing environmental service projects.Activity Planning materialsPlanning guideProject ideasEvent flyersSample Press ReleasesAll the activity planning materials can be found on the LCI Web site
One way to bring attention to the environment is through the Environmental Photo Contest. The contest is open to all Lions and provides a great opportunity for Lions to showcase their skills and the beauty of their local environment. Each multiple district can submit one photograph. If the photograph meets all of the criteria such as size, theme, and content, it will be displayed at the international convention where Lions will vote for their favorite in each category and one “best of show”. At the close of the event, the winning photographs are announced at an awards ceremony. The photographers are later presented with an engraved award by their district governor in recognition of their achievement. The winning photographs are also featured on the LCI website. Another form of recognition is through the Lions Environmental Calendar that is a compilation of photographs from the contest. Nearly all multiple district submissions are included in the calendar, which is available for purchase throughout the year.
The contest rules are available on our website. There are some important points to keep in mind when encouraging clubs to participate in the photo contest:Multiple districts can submit only one photograph, not one photograph in each categoryThe photo must measure 8” x 10” (20.3 x 25.4cm) and should not include a border The photo should not include images of people, with the exception of the special themeThe deadline for the Multiple District submission is March 1st each yearAlthough we do not regulate the contest at the club and district levels, we do encourage Lions to adhere to the suggestions we have mentioned here as this will create a more streamlined process for all participants. Again, this is an opportunity for us to reflect on the beauty of our physical environment and the importance of preserving it for future generations.
What are the most pressing environmental issues in your community?What are the clubs in your area doing to address these needs? What are the most common projects?What are some of the challenges that your clubs are facing in organizing environmental projects?What are some of the best practices related to Lions role in protecting the environment?If environmental projects are not very common in your area, what are some of the obstacles?Where are areas where Lions may need more support?
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Environmental Awareness and Sustainability
Today we will be discussing… Environmental Services • Environmental Chairperson Duties • Local Partnerships Insights • Reported Environmental Service Activities • Environmental Needs Assessment Survey Results Resources • Green Team Planning Materials • Environmental Photo Contest Discussion 2
Asking Questions Using the control panel: 1. Raise your hand using the icon during the Q & A segment 2. Type your question in the “Questions” box during the presentation 3
Poll Question Are you currently involved with projects or activities that are focused on environmental sustainability? 4
Environmental Chairperson Duties • Motivate clubs to undertake hands-on environmental service projects • Inform clubs about available activity planning resources • Encourage clubs to participate in the “Protecting Our Environment” global service action campaign • Promote club/district participation in the Lions Environmental Photo Contest • Award the Lions Green Team Certificate of Appreciation to individual Lions who have played a key role in organizing club or district environmental service projects 5
Develop Local Partnerships •RESEARCH •Identify key environmental organizations in your region •COMMUNICATE •Contact them and introduce yourself as the Environmental Chairperson for Lions Clubs International •Communicate potential opportunities for collaboration and discuss a potential partnership •COLLABORATE • Work together on future environmental projects 6
Lions Environmental Services Activities During the 2011-12 fiscal year, reporting clubs dedicated over 1 million hours to environmental projects. The top three reported projects were: Tree planting (48%) Recycling (18%) Community Clean-up (13%) 7
So how many trees did Lions plant? Lions planted over 15 million trees worldwide! 8
Poll Question Which of the following Environmental Service projects has your club participated in the last 4 months? (check all that apply) Tree Planting Community Clean-Up Projects Environmental Awareness Recycling Water Sanitation Services 10
Needs Assessment Survey Results Enhanced Communication Quarterly Newsletters are needed (77%) Means to share ideas and best practices with other chairpersons (61%) Communication efforts between LCI and chairpersons should be enhanced in order to engage in dialogue, exchange ideas, and share best practices (55%) Activity Planning Resources Relevant activity planning resources for clubs (69%) The ability to promote and increase visibility of clubs’ service to the community was identified as a need (65%) 11
Ways Lions can Help!The Lions Green Teams program supports andpromotes Lions Clubs in carrying outenvironmental service projects.Lions Green Teams are ready to help save theplanet by: •Cleaning the environment •Planting trees •Recycling •Raising Awareness 12
Lions Environmental ResourcesThere are many great resourceson our website that will help youplan environmental projects foryour club or district.Lions Green Team materials Green Team Planning guide Environmental Project ideas Event flyers Press Releases 13
Environmental Photo Contest The Lions Environmental Photo Contest provides a way for Lions to portray, through an original photo, their pride and commitment to improving, protecting, and preserving their environment. Lions can submit one photograph of their environment in one of the following five categories: Animal life Plant life Urban or natural landscape Weather phenomenon Special theme: Beauty of the rural environment 14
Environmental Photo Contest Rules Keep in mind: • Multiple districts can submit only one photograph • Photo must measure 8” x 10” (20.3 x 25.4cm) • Photo should not include images of people, with the exception of the special theme • Deadline for multiple district submissions is March 1st 15
Discussion Session What are the most pressing environmental issues in your community? What are the clubs in your area doing to address these needs? What are the most common projects? What are some of the challenges that your clubs are facing in organizing environmental projects? What are some of the best practices related to Lions role in protecting the environment? If environmental projects are not very common in your area, what are some of the obstacles? Where are areas where Lions may need more support? 16
We would like to thank you for your participation in todays webinar For more information please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org 17